ARTICLE 34. STUDENT CONDUCT CODE
Authority and Responsibility
Responsibility for good conduct rests with students as adult individuals. Student organizations have similar responsibility for maintaining good conduct among their members and guests and at activities they sponsor. All members of the University community are expected to use reasonable judgment in their daily campus life and to show due concern for the welfare and rights of others. This code is promulgated by the Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Auxiliary Services in accordance with the policies of the Kansas Board of Regents as delegated through the President of the University. The President of Pittsburg State University retains the right to make final decisions on policies in accordance with the governance policy of the institution. The Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Auxiliary Services, in turn, designates the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities, as directly authorized and responsible for administering the Student Conduct Code. This responsibility includes formulating and implementing operating procedures for the judicial consideration of conduct violations and the imposition of sanctions in an efficient, consistent, fair, legal and educationally meaningful manner. The Campus Judicial Officer may further delegate his/her responsibility to various judicial bodies or administrative staff and may collaborate with staff on the process. The nature and procedures of the disciplinary process in such cases should not be required to conform to processes of criminal law. To impose upon the academic community in student discipline the intricate, time consuming, sophisticated procedures, rules, and safeguards of criminal law would frustrate the teaching process and render the institutional control impotent. The primary goal of discipline is student development; thus, the hearings are non-adversarial and confidential. Safeguards are designed to insure due process for all students. The Campus Judicial Officer is not obligated to disclose names of complaining parties.
For any Pittsburg State University Discipline proceedings, the “preponderance of evidence” standard of proof will be utilized. A preponderance of evidence standard evaluates whether it is more likely than not, based on the evidence available, that a violation occurred.
A decision reached by the Hearing Officer or Campus Judicial Officer may be appealed by the accused to the Associate Vice President of Campus Life and Auxiliary Services within five (5) school days of the Hearing Committee’s decision. Such appeal shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the Associate Vice President of Campus Life and Auxiliary Services. A student, or student organization, is entitled to only one appeal and the decision of the Associate Vice President of Campus Life shall be final. An appeal may be sought on only two grounds:
The appeal shall state its grounds. The Associate Vice President of Campus Life and Auxiliary Services has five (5) school days to make a written determination on the appeal. Notification shall be sent to the accused, the Hearing Officer, and the Campus Judicial Officer and may be sent to the complaining party, if requested. If the Associate Vice President of Campus Life and Auxiliary Services finds that one of the two above grounds existed, the matter shall be returned to the Hearing Officer for re-opening of the hearing to allow reconsideration of the original determination and/or sanctions.